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Rising Hospital Employment of Physicians

Hospitals are seeking patients and leverage, physicians are seeking security. Those are two driving forces for increased hospital employment of physicians, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change’s ongoing study of 12 metropolitan communities across the nation. Hospital-physician alignment should position providers to better address  coming changes in payment methods and accountability for quality of care. The report also briefly discusses hospital consolidation, access to care, costs, and policy implications as they relate to more physician employment.

The communities selected by the Center as a representative cross-section for monitoring changes in the nation’s health system include:

  • Boston, MA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Greenville, SC
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lansing, MI
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Miami, FL
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Orange County, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Seattle, WA
  • Syracuse, NY

Source: O’Malley AS and others. Rising hospital employment of physicians: better quality, higher costs? Center for Studying Health System Change Issue Brief, no. 136, Aug. 2011.http://hschange.org/CONTENT/1230/1230.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org.

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